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Across the Nightingale Floor
Across the Nightingale Floor
Author: Hearn Lian
Set in an engaging, alternate Japan, this first book in a new epic trilogy has already become a bestselling sensation in England and Australia, earning comparisons to "Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." It begins with legend of a nightingale floor in a black-walled fortress--a floor that sings in alarm at ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780330412988
ISBN-10: 0330412981
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Picador
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 0
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juicyfruit avatar reviewed Across the Nightingale Floor on
Helpful Score: 3
Excellent audio book!! Narration shifts between male and female point of view and both cast members do a fantastic job. The writing is beautiful and it is a beautiful story to have read aloud. The characters really touched me and I found myself thinking about them long after the book was finished; in fact, long after the series was finished. The story is a mix of mystery, adventure, a touch of fantasy and, at it's heart, a tender love story. Highly reccommended, 5 stars!
daedelys avatar reviewed Across the Nightingale Floor on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I have to admit that I bought this series because the covers on the books looked beautiful and the description in the inner sleeve sounded intriguing. The story starts out decent enough, but it is simply written without a lot of detail that could make the story so much better. The characters are quite bland and neither they nor the plot has a lot of depth to it.

A big complaint I did have for this story is the lack of Japanese "flavor" the story has. I just didn't get a feel for the culture in which this tale was supposed to being taking place in. The author does a poor job in making the background of the world and the characters come to life. Granted, there are Japanese names and places in the book, but the writer should've incorporated some local dialect and phrases into the character's dialogues and thoughts because I feel this would have given it that little extra something. Especially since it's noted in the blurb about the author how he's studied the Japanese language... not using this knowledge seems a bit of a waste.

However, even though it's mediocre, it's interesting enough to compel me to read the next book in the series since I have it on hand. Hopefully the author will have grown some in his writing skills.
daedelys avatar reviewed Across the Nightingale Floor on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I have to admit that I bought this series because the covers on the books looked beautiful and the description in the inner sleeve sounded intriguing. The story starts out decent enough, but it is simply written without a lot of detail that could make the story so much better. The characters are quite bland and neither they nor the plot has a lot of depth to it.

A big complaint I did have for this story is the lack of Japanese "flavor" the story has. I just didn't get a feel for the culture in which this tale was supposed to being taking place in. The author does a poor job in making the background of the world and the characters come to life. Granted, there are Japanese names and places in the book, but the writer should've incorporated some local dialect and phrases into the character's dialogues and thoughts because I feel this would have given it that little extra something. Especially since it's noted in the blurb about the author how he's studied the Japanese language... not using this knowledge seems a bit of a waste.

However, even though it's mediocre, it's interesting enough to compel me to read the next book in the series since I have it on hand. Hopefully the author will have grown some in his writing skills.
reviewed Across the Nightingale Floor on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Lush prose and wonderful story. First of a trilogy.
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